There is perhaps nothing more important to your child’s dental hygiene than their diet. The old phrase “you are what you eat” is more accurate today than it was when it was first coined. With childhood obesity ravaging the nation, it’s up to parents to instill healthy habits early.
Generally, parents tend to associate healthy foods with weight loss; in reality, though, smart eating choices will benefit their dental and physical health simultaneously.
Let’s stop cavities and obesity together by breaking down the 5 best foods to feed your kids.
1. Nuts & Seeds
Fun fact: Your teeth are composed mainly of calcium, phosphorus, and other minerals. Nuts and seeds, like almonds, sunflower seeds, peanuts, and cashews pose high amounts of calcium and phosphorus.
In the same way that our bodies thrive on water (because water is important to our overall makeup), our teeth thrive on calcium and phosphorus. Acidic foods and drinks weaken the strength of these minerals; therefore, consuming them is crucial, especially for developing teeth.
Eggs are packed with protein, calcium, and most importantly, vitamin D. Vitamin D helps your teeth absorb calcium. Since the two go hand-in-hand, try to feed your child eggs at least twice a week.
3. Milk, Cheese, and Yogourt
Dairy products boast excellent sources of calcium and vitamin D. In addition, the nutrients in milk products can neutralize certain acids produced by plaque bacteria.
4. Apples, Carrots & Celery
Crunchy, high-fiber fruits, like apples, help to scrub plaque away; moreover, biting into this crunchy skin can simulate a mild flossing experience. Like apples, celery and carrots require a lot of chewing. The water and fiber in these vegetables balance sugar levels, which supports oral health.
Broccoli is packed with high-quality vitamins and minerals. Specifically, broccoli has folic acid, which has been known to contribute to healthy teeth and gums.
Healthy Snack Ideas
Frozen banana nut butter sandwich
Slice a banana down the middle.
Spread their favorite natural nut butter—peanut butter, sunflower seed butter, almond butter, or cashew butter—on both halves.
Sandwich the two sides together and place it in the freezer for 1 hour.
Turkey bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich
Baked broccoli (with olive oil)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Line a baking sheet with tin foil.
Empty a bag of frozen broccoli florets on to the baking sheet.
Season with garlic powder and salt.
Drizzle olive oil over it.
Bake for 25 minutes.
Add cheese for additional flavoring if necessary.
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